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    Historical Video: First Youtube Video to Launch Street Protest

    A Trip to Bustamante's Latino Bookstore Palm Springs, Ca

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ra2KMHzFftg



    Protesters: Video is anti-Latino, hateful

    http://www.pe.com/localnews/desert/s...1.3ab4121.html

    PALM SPRINGS: The march starts at a church and ends at the offices of Rep. Mary Bono.

    10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, August 31, 2006

    By DAVID OLSON
    The Press-Enterprise

    About 100 people marched through downtown Palm Springs on Thursdaynight to demonstrate against what protesters said was anti-Latino hatespeech and intimidation at a store that sells Latino books and crafts.

    Two men entered Latino Books y Mas in Palm Springs on July 5 withvideo cameras and confronted the principal owner of the store, ToniaBustamante-Ramirez, because she sells books and posters featuringMexican revolutionary heroes Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, andCuban revolutionary Che Guevara.

    Bustamante-Ramirez said the two men's remarks and questions wereintimidating, and the video was posted two days later on the Web siteYouTube, on which users can post self-made videos. As of Thursdayafternoon, nearly 1,400 people had viewed at least part of the video,which is nearly seven minutes long.

    Bustamante-Ramirez said she was so traumatized by the incident thatshe did not return to the store until Thursday night. Her husband hadopened the shop twice for a few hours since July 5, but otherwise ithad remained closed, she said.

    "I fear for my safety," she said.

    Bustamante-Ramirez said she is planning to install a surveillancecamera and reopen the store within the next few days, with her daughteraccompanying her while she is in the store for protection.

    The march started at Our Lady of Solitude Catholic Church, stoppedbriefly at the bookstore and ended outside the offices of Rep. MaryBono, R-Palm Springs. Protesters clutching white balloons shouted "MaryBono out" and its Spanish-language equivalent, "Fuera Mary Bono."

    Mario Lazcano, an organizer of the march, said in Spanish that Bonowas targeted because her co-sponsorship of legislation that wouldcriminalize undocumented immigrants "unleashed" an atmosphere that madethe incident at the bookstore more likely.

    Bono's Democratic opponent in the November elections, David Roth,spoke to the crowd at the church and marched part of the way. He saidhe participated because "politics in my mind is about bringing togetherour communities, not sowing hate as my opponent has done, not dividingpeople as my opponent has done."

    Jason Vasquez, spokesman for Bono, could not be reached inWashington, D.C., late Thursday to respond to Roth's allegation.Earlier on Thursday, he declined to respond to Lazcano's comments,except to say, "The congresswoman always welcomes the opinions of herconstituents."

    Several protesters called on Palm Springs police to investigate thebookstore occurrence as a "hate crime." Sgt. Mitch Spike said policelooked into the matter and determined that, although the incident was"unfortunate," no law was broken.

    Brian Levin, an attorney who directs the Center for the Study ofHate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, saw the video andcalled the comments made at the store legally protected "hate speech."He said posting the video on YouTube can help spur debate.

    "It's a high-tech version of the town square," he said of YouTube.

    Barbara O'Connor, director of the Institute for the Study ofPolitics and the Media at Sacramento state, agreed, pointing to the"comments and responses" section below each video.

    "Anything that fosters dialogue is probably a good thing in politics," she said.

    Reach David Olson at 760-837-4411 or dolson@PE.com

    http://www.pe.com/localnews/desert/s...1.3ab4121.html

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    Historical Video: First Youtube Video to Launch Street Protest

    A Trip to Bustamante's Latino Bookstore Palm Springs, Ca

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ra2KMHzFftg



    Protesters: Video is anti-Latino, hateful

    http://www.pe.com/localnews/desert/s...1.3ab4121.html

    PALM SPRINGS: The march starts at a church and ends at the offices of Rep. Mary Bono.

    10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, August 31, 2006

    By DAVID OLSON
    The Press-Enterprise

    About 100 people marched through downtown Palm Springs on Thursdaynight to demonstrate against what protesters said was anti-Latino hatespeech and intimidation at a store that sells Latino books and crafts.

    Two men entered Latino Books y Mas in Palm Springs on July 5 withvideo cameras and confronted the principal owner of the store, ToniaBustamante-Ramirez, because she sells books and posters featuringMexican revolutionary heroes Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, andCuban revolutionary Che Guevara.

    Bustamante-Ramirez said the two men's remarks and questions wereintimidating, and the video was posted two days later on the Web siteYouTube, on which users can post self-made videos. As of Thursdayafternoon, nearly 1,400 people had viewed at least part of the video,which is nearly seven minutes long.

    Bustamante-Ramirez said she was so traumatized by the incident thatshe did not return to the store until Thursday night. Her husband hadopened the shop twice for a few hours since July 5, but otherwise ithad remained closed, she said.

    "I fear for my safety," she said.

    Bustamante-Ramirez said she is planning to install a surveillancecamera and reopen the store within the next few days, with her daughteraccompanying her while she is in the store for protection.

    The march started at Our Lady of Solitude Catholic Church, stoppedbriefly at the bookstore and ended outside the offices of Rep. MaryBono, R-Palm Springs. Protesters clutching white balloons shouted "MaryBono out" and its Spanish-language equivalent, "Fuera Mary Bono."

    Mario Lazcano, an organizer of the march, said in Spanish that Bonowas targeted because her co-sponsorship of legislation that wouldcriminalize undocumented immigrants "unleashed" an atmosphere that madethe incident at the bookstore more likely.

    Bono's Democratic opponent in the November elections, David Roth,spoke to the crowd at the church and marched part of the way. He saidhe participated because "politics in my mind is about bringing togetherour communities, not sowing hate as my opponent has done, not dividingpeople as my opponent has done."

    Jason Vasquez, spokesman for Bono, could not be reached inWashington, D.C., late Thursday to respond to Roth's allegation.Earlier on Thursday, he declined to respond to Lazcano's comments,except to say, "The congresswoman always welcomes the opinions of herconstituents."

    Several protesters called on Palm Springs police to investigate thebookstore occurrence as a "hate crime." Sgt. Mitch Spike said policelooked into the matter and determined that, although the incident was"unfortunate," no law was broken.

    Brian Levin, an attorney who directs the Center for the Study ofHate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, saw the video andcalled the comments made at the store legally protected "hate speech."He said posting the video on YouTube can help spur debate.

    "It's a high-tech version of the town square," he said of YouTube.

    Barbara O'Connor, director of the Institute for the Study ofPolitics and the Media at Sacramento state, agreed, pointing to the"comments and responses" section below each video.

    "Anything that fosters dialogue is probably a good thing in politics," she said.

    Reach David Olson at 760-837-4411 or dolson@PE.com

    http://www.pe.com/localnews/desert/s...1.3ab4121.html

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